A good dentist will be well-known in their neighbourhood. Research the dentists your friends, family, and coworkers recommend by asking them about their experiences with them. Online reviews are a great resource for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Because your relationship with your dentist is so important, one of the most important factors to consider is whether you'll be comfortable with this person. Consider the following during your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist:
Do they listen to you as you describe your symptoms and ask questions? Do you have any fears or anxieties that you'd be comfortable expressing, and do they effectively answer your questions about the procedures you'll need? Is it clear that the dentist hears and understands your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
A wide variety of dental services are now available thanks to technological advancements. Do the dental offices you're thinking about provide a full range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedures? How about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
It is critical that your dental office can accommodate patients with special needs. This is a critical aspect of comprehensive dental care, from physical accessibility to dental sedation services.
Costs & Money Matters
Costs frequently differ between practices. Does your dentist adhere to the province's current Dental Association Fee Guide? Do they accept your insurance, and can they submit an electronic claim?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important consideration, finances are also a consideration. Please do not be afraid to request an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you stop by before your initial appointment to help you make up your mind? We welcome clients to come to Montague River Dentistry at a pre-arranged time to get to know our office. We take great pride in our amiable staff and spotless, well-organized workplace. We are eager to address any queries you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to selecting a dentist, it's also important to ensure that your new dentist shares your values. Speak with the dentist about his or her approach to dentist-patient relationships and whether you two are a good fit.